Robyn Brown-Manning, Ph.D., M.Phil, LMSW
Adjunct Associate Professor
Robyn Brown-Manning is the President of Kriya Associates, Inc, a nationally recognized human services consulting firm. With over 30 years practice experience, Ms. Brown-Manning has extensive background in child welfare services, diversity and anti-oppression issues. She is also a certified Feng Shui practitioner.
In addition to her practice, Dr. Brown-Manning is an adjunct assistant professor at Iona College, teaching Human Diversity in Social Work and Social Welfare Policy. She is also an adjunct assistant professor at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College of the City University of New York, where she teaches Social Welfare Policy, Practice Lab and Child Welfare Policy.
Dr. Brown-Manning’s research interests include the relationships between African American mothers and their sons, anti-oppressive social work practice, and the physical environments of social service settings. Her doctoral dissertation is entitled, “We don’t give birth to thugs; we give birth to children”: The Emotional Journeys of African-American Mothers Raising Sons under American Racism.
Dr. Brown-Manning is the very proud mother of one son, who is a graduate of Howard University with a degree in Fine Arts.
Christopher John, L.M.S.W.
Christopher John is a Supervising Case Manager of Clinical Services for the Forensic Care Coordination Program within the Westchester County Department of a Community Mental Health. Mr. John has extensive experience with the severely mentally ill population and forensics with most of his career focusing on reducing the recidivism rate of the mentally ill while providing comprehensive clinical and community services and supports to alleviate this issue.
After graduating from Iona College with his Bachelor in Social Work in 2002 and Master of Social Work from Fordham University in 2003 he was employed in an alternative to incarceration Program (T.A.S.C.) managing 13 courts in Westchester and a specialized Felony Drug Court. Mr. John also worked at the Westchester a County Jail as a Pre-Release Counselor where he coordinated services for the inmates, facilitated groups, initiated a Re-Entry Program and developed a mandated group for sentenced inmates called "Cognitive Life Skills".
Returning to D.C.M.H. allowed him to use his multileveled skills to transition severe and persistent mentally ill inmates from the jails and prisons back to the community, develop and coordinate a nationally recognized Care Coordination Program, train and educate Westchester and Rockland Police Departments on police safety, crisis intervention and the mentally ill, initiate and train in S.O.A.R. for SSI/SSDI benefits for the homeless mentally ill, collaborate with the Probation and Parole Departments, and develop his skills and experience with a population that is traditionally denied services.
Mr. John is also an adjunct professor at Iona College teaching Introduction to Social Work and HBSE: Life Course. His future pursuits are to obtain his Ph.D. in Social Work and further develop services and programs for the forensic and mentally ill populations.